The Cellar: Value Wines for Every Day
Friday, March 30, 2012
2008 Alphonse Dolly Sauvignon, Vin de Pays du Val de Loire, France
The Loire Valley is famous for making some of the best examples of Sauvignon Blanc in the world. While the top examples, those from the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, can cost quite a penny, the
This week’s first wine is a great example of Sauvignon from Vin de Pays du Val de Loire. Awarded with 87 Points from acclaimed wine critic Stephen Tanzer, the 2008 Sauvignon from Alphone Dolly displays pungently fruity aromas of pink grapefruit, fig and herbs. The mouth-puckering citrus in this wine is undeniable. The finish is long and lingering with pear and mineral notes.
This week’s next wine is a classic everyday red blend from the Rhône. The Arnoux family’s first 60 acre parcel of land located in the Vacqueyras area was acquired in 1717. Since then the family has doubled its
While the Arnoux’s best known Rhône wines are from their vineyards in Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, their $10 entry-level Côtes du Rhône, made from grapes sourced from throughout the Rhône, shouldn’t be overlooked. Côtes du Rhônes are generally easy drinking wines meant for early consumption (while waiting for its before-mentioned bigger brothers to mature in the cellar). Their 2009 Vieux Clocher is made from 70% Grenache, 5% Syrah, and 25% Carignan. It is deliciously dry, medium-bodied wine featuring ripe dark fruit, spice and an earthy component. There is nice acidity in this wine making it a great food wine.
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